Anti-Masonic Party

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The Anti-Masonic Party, also known as the Anti-Masonic Movement, the first "third party" in the United States, initially opposed Freemasonry as a single issue. As many Masons were prominent businessmen and politicians, this was also a form of anti-elitism. Later, it also supported issues such as internal improvements and a protective tariff. After emerging as a political force in the late 1820s, most of the Anti-Masonic Party's members joined the Whig Party (United States) in the 1830s and the party disappeared after 1838.

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